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EXAMPLES OF HOW CONSORTIA HAVE PUT NSSE DATA TO USE

Catholic College Consortium

In 2004, the Catholic College Consortium was redesigned to focus on assessing mission effectiveness. The rationale for this change is twofold: (1) to yield useful outcomes for accreditation purposes and, (2) to act as a mechanism to ensure institutional goals align with their mission. Each year, a custom report based on consortium data titled, Mission Perception Inventory (MPI) is created to compare the mean performance on the overall MPI items and subscales with consortium schools.


University of St. Thomas (TX), member of the 2012 Catholic Colleges & Universities consortium

Sustainability Education Consortium 2011

Eight institutions formed a consortium in NSSE 2011 to assess engagement in sustainability education across the curriculum. The consortium added 20 questions to the core survey in order to develop a user-friendly assessment system for sustainability education. With these results, institutions could (a) acquire a cross-institution data set on students’ engagement with aspects of sustainability, (b) assess institutional strengths and weaknesses with respect to sustainability education compared to peers, and (c) provide one source of assessment data for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) education initiative.